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Wake Up Macon

 

 

 

 

Obama Can Win Georgia!

 

 

 

By Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery

 

October 6, 2008 is the last day we can register to vote-in time for the November election.  October 6 is also my 87th birthday.

 

 

I am so thankful that God allowed me to live to see these days!  Frankly, I never dreamed I would live to see a major political Party in these United States offer a woman and an African American to be its candidate for President of the United States. But, they did. The African America won the primaries (and caucuses) and is scheduled to accept the nomination on the 45th anniversary of the March On Washington, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the immortal “I Have A Dream” speech on August 28!

 

 

The Barack Obama campaign, contrary to earlier Democrat campaigns, has made Georgia a battleground state. They believe they can win in Georgia! I believe they can win in Georgia. The major question is do Georgia citizens believe they can win? In the presidential (2008) primary only 32% of Ga. eligible voters participated in the election-12th in the nation (Black turnout was higher). There are approximately 380,000 African Americans in Georgia who are not registered to vote If we would register 100,000 of these by Oct. 6, and then turnout 60% or better of the eligible voters November 4, we could give Barack Obama a victory in Georgia. Moreover, we could reduce the chokehold the Republicans have on state government and pave the way for restored Democrat control in 2010 and 2012.

 

 

If we truly believe we can win, we must activate every religious, civic, social and business group in the state to engage intensively in voter registration. Every family must make sure ALL members are registered. Block parties, neighborhood and church groups must leave no constituent behind.

 

 

Women, who make up the largest bloc of voters in our community, must tighten the screws and see that the men-folk register and vote. Our young people 18-35 must register and vote in record numbers. If the prospect of the first African American president doesn’t inspire us, what in heaven’s name will????

 

 

Again, I am so thankful that God has granted me life to see this day. That’s why I keep on witnessing and working because God has not let me live to this age because I’ve been so smart nor so good. Therefore, it must be because he wants me to keep on witnessing, keep on preaching truth to power. And, God willing, I shall.

 

 

Voting is a sacred right for every citizen, but for us it is also a moral obligation. We vote out of reverence for the past and hope for the future!

 

 “Voting is a sacred right for every citizen; for us it is also a moral obligation”    

 

 

                                                                    -Joseph E. Lowery

                                  

 

 

 

 

 

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